While Ford has already adopted EcoBoost, cross-town rival Chrysler now has EcoDiesel. The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker announced that it is bring oil-burning engines to the U.S. (again), this time under the EcoDiesel banner.
The motor in question is a 3.0-liter V6, developed in conjunction with Italian company VM Motori and will arrive for the 2014 model year as an option in the revamped Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan.
The introduction of EcoDiesel is part of Chrysler’s strategy to meet upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations, which mandate a fleet average 34.4 miles per gallon by 2016, rising to 56.5-mpg target by 2025 (even though the latter still hasn’t been officially signed into law).
The new EcoDiesel, is said to be rated at 241 horsepower and a mighty 406 pound-feet of torque. Alongside the new oil burning motor, the 2014 Grand Cherokee will also receive the ZF sourced eight-speed automatic transmission as a further boon to improved fuel economy, which is rumored to be around 23 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway. As a result of these powertrain upgrades, the 2013 GC is expected to have a rather short shelf life, with the ’14 model becoming available as early as next January.
Whether this EcoDiesel will be joined by counterpart engines in Chrysler’s North American lineup, still remains to be seen, though with GC’s and other Jeep models, as well as the 300 (now a re-born Lancia Thema) having offered diesels in Europe for years, plus Americans warming to the concept of oil burners like never before, it’s very likely they will, especially with Fiat in the driving seat.